‘IF YOU SLEEP, YOU ARE OUT’

Langton Nyakwenda

Sports Reporter

RODWELL DHLAKAMA says the brutal nature of knockout competitions is that “IF YOU SLEEP, YOU ARE OUT.”

He is one of the few coaches who have taken teams to the Chibuku Super Cup final more than once.

He led Ngezi Platinum Stars to two consecutive finals in 2019 and 2021.

Dhlakama is now aiming for a third Chibuku Super Cup final appearance and this time the experienced gaffer is more determined to go one step further.

He is aiming to lift the Cup with Green Fuel.

Dhlakama replaced Bekithemba Ndlovu on April 23 and the Ethanol Boys have recorded six wins, three draws and three losses.

They have raked in 21 points in 12 matches and are now 10th on the log.

They begin their campaign with a first round clash against Chicken Inn at Luveve on Saturday.

“We have to make a mark and leave a lasting legacy in this community,” Dhlakama told Zimpapers Sports Hub.

“The people of Chisumbanje need to have a feeling of winning so we need to work hard.

“This is a knockout competition and you cannot afford to sleep. If you sleep you are out.”

He has a mixture of unheralded and experienced players.

Washington Mapuwa, who has three league goals, and 18-year-old midfielder Naison Takawira are some of the players who have been driving Green Fuel.

Former Highlanders and Bantu Rovers striker Bukhosi Sibanda, Collins Dhuwa and veteran defender Raymond Uchena are some of the experienced players at the club.

“Our team is young in the league and in this competition (Chibuku Super Cup) but, obviously, we are in there to compete.

“This Cup is also good for our brand as Green Fuel,” said Dhlakama

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